Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Everything you always wanted to know about government IT . . .

. . . but were afraid to ask:

Airmen urged to reenlist, extend current enlistment, retire, separate before Feb. 15

by Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever

Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

1/15/2013 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) -- Air Force officials are encouraging active-duty Airmen who are eligible to reenlist, extend their current enlistment, retire or separate in March to complete these personnel actions through the myPers website and their base military personnel sections by Feb. 15 to avoid processing delays and military pay issues.

Airmen need to accomplish these actions because the Air Force is upgrading and transferring the Military Personnel Data System to the Defense Information Systems Agency's Defense Enterprise Computing Center in March. The upgrade project is scheduled to take about 23 days to complete, during which time, MilPDS will not be available.

So, hurry up, guys, and make those life-altering decisions right now because the goverment’s computer system will be going down for three weeks, and seeing as how we’re the military, we don’t have any backup or redundant system.


Anonymous said...

Yes. That's just stupid. So, you wait for three weeks before committing yourself to another 8 years, or before starting a 6 month slide into retirement. What will all those MILPER people be doing for 23 days? Vacation? Office parties? Normally, there is a period where BOTH systems are up and running and then a brief "switchover" period. For goodness sake, this isn't the first time the military had upgraded that particular system.

Dr. Φ said...

No doubt. But I can't recall an episode where all personnel actions ground to a halt for quite that long.

If USAA can accomplish its system upgrades in six hours of the dead of night, why can't the Air Force?

Anonymous said...

If Fedex can track all of its air cargo automatically and stay within its operating budget, why does the military need to spend billions on a tracking system that isn't as good? And they did it ten years ahead of us.